Birdsong in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques. Compared with the Ornithological Recordings He Transcribed
“This webpage enables detailed comparison of five of Messiaen’s birdsongs with the actual birdsongs he used as models. The spectrograms, the 78 rpm records from which he derived the North American birdsongs in Oiseaux exotiques, and Messiaen’s aesethetic of imitation are discussed in Robert Fallon, “The Record of Realism in Messiaen’s Bird Style,” in OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Music, Art and Literature. ed. Christopher Dingle & Nigel Simeone (Ashgate, 2007)”.
Y no puedo evitar la tentación de añadir el primer mandamiento del decálogo para guitarristas del siempre genial Captain Beefheart:
“1. Listen to the birds. That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren’t going anywhere”.